Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
Ohio State University
Dr. Allison Snow is a professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology at Ohio State University. She studies the ecological impacts of genetically engineered crops on natural and agricultural systems. Trained as a plant ecologist at the University of Massachusetts (Ph.D., 1982), she received postdoctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation (University of California/Davis) and the Smithsonian Institution. Her early work focused on understanding links between pollination ecology, gene flow, and the process of natural selection in populations of wild plants. Dr. Snow’s current research combines molecular and ecological approaches to understand how quickly crop genes move into wild populations, and the extent to which novel transgenic traits could benefit weedy and semi-weedy plants. She and her collaborators study these questions in sunflower, rice, sorghum, squash, and radish. Dr. Snow is the lead author of a 2005 position paper by the Ecological Society of America on environmental effects of genetically engineered organisms. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, she has served on the editorial boards of Ecology, Ecological Monographs, Evolution, and Environmental Biosafety Research. Recently, she served as President of the Botanical Society of America and Treasurer of the International Society for Biosafety Research. She also served as an adviser to the US National Academy of Sciences, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Trade Organization. In 2002, she received a Distinguished Scholar Award from Ohio State University and was recognized by Scientific American as one of the Top 50 Researchers in Science and Technology. Dr. Snow works with the news media and others to educate the public about ecological benefits and risks of transgenic crops. She also directs the Undergraduate Research Office at Ohio State University.